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How To Be A Good Boss Aug 04 2009


“Masters, grant your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.” - Colossians 4:1

Here are some Biblical principles for being a good boss:

Be a person of integrity. People need to be able to trust the boss.
Make expectations clear. Take the time to teach, train, and respond to questions.
Hold people accountable. Expecting excellence is good for all.
Be fair to all concerned. Playing favorites is demoralizing to the troops.
Lead by building up the team and individual rather than leading through intimidation.
Genuinely care about the employee’s success just as much as your own. This makes your chance for success far greater.
Remember, you have to answer to God. God has entrusted authority to you to serve Him and others though leadership. Jesus was the perfect example of servant leadership when He humbled Himself to become one of His own creations and, even more, so when He gave His life for those He came to lead.

Jesus is the ultimate CEO, the ultimate boss, the ultimate servant leader.

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"Servant Leader" is so often overlooked. When Jesus washed the disciples feet he was teaching a lesson on so many levels. Most people don't spend enough time considering the many applications that lesson has for their lives.

When we had our own retail store, about 20 employees, my wife was the best leader I have ever seen. She never asked an employee to do ANYTHING they had not seen her do. That ranged from cleaning the toilets to calming down a rude/arrogant customer. She never forgot an employee birthday and brought a homemade cake to celebrate on their day.

It's really not much more complicated than the "Golden Rule". It's one thing to know it; and quite another to live it.

I am blessed by her golden rule personality everyday of my life.

 
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I understand how a boss needs to lead by example, but another person who needs to lead by example in the church other than the pastor is the pastor's wife. To me my wife is the best example I have ever seen of how a pastor's wife should lead the other women in the church. She never asks why something is not done by another sister in the church, unless she has dont the same item before. There are leaders in all phases of life even in church. Everyone have a great day

 
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THANK YOU GOD!!!!! WE can all comment again. Halleluah !!! I have missed not being able to comment for so long. It's been a long ordeal but finally the computer at RFTH is repaired.
This devotional if written especially for me on this day. I am a nurse manager and each morning I ask God to use me as an instrument of thy peace, acknowledging him in all things I do. I received an honor of recognition from my staff that states I am consistent with all that this devotional and God's word requires us to be. What a joy it was to have my prayers validated through the most magnificent group of women I have ever had the honor of working with. We have "church" daily here for our residents and our goal is to serve our residents as Christ would have us to do. I have 41 spoiled rotten, precious people we all get to love every day and celebrate what life they have left and in honor of Jesus Christ. We baptized a man in the whirlpool one day that gave his life to Christ. Not a dry eye was in this place. Good to be able to "talk" again if I need or want to. I have been able to read some of the few comments, thank you Grant and the archives.
God Bless All of You

 
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How great it is to be able to ask some advice from my RFTH friends. Grant and Jerry, since you both have experience working alongside your wives can you give me some seasoned considerations as I am thinking of working at least part-time in my husband's business. It is an established business (accounting and taxes) and has a few employees. I appreciate what you have already said about the golden rule and not expecting of others what one would not do oneself. Any other thoughts you feel you can share? I have never been in the role of being the wife of the boss working side by side in a business and if I decide to do that then I want to be the best I can be so I would in no way damage our Christian witness. Thanks for your thoughts.

 
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I made a post earlier on another date about finally being able to post. Well I was not complaining about RFTH, it wasn't something that was done intentionally but Satan used the computers to hinder the workings of this Ministry. This Ministry is a blessing to me and to so many others. So if anyone missunderstood my post I hope this clears it up. Thanks to Mary, Jim and Andy for resolving this problem. Okay Satan put up your dukes, the gangs all here. We are backing our Lord and doing his will. This may sound immature to some but to the believers they know what I mean.

 
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Janice, just always remember even though you are the bosses wife and co-owner, your employees should already know their jobs. Don't get involved with any company gossip, don't discuss the problems of the company with employees don't discuss employees problem with other employees, and don't throw out the attitude I am your boss. This will create a problem which may never get resolved. What I would do is read all the scriptures where Christ made points using bosses and servants. I would treat each person as if they was the little sibling of Christ himself. I don't mean to overlook slackness but when a situation arises and you want to lay hands on someone suddenly, just calm down and count to ten and then if you are calm enough you can discuss the problem. I found that if you have a supervisor they can handle a problem easier than the owners, that is if you trust them. If not then have your husband to bite the bullet and have a heart to pocket talk. This will change the ways of the offender usually. Don't allways accept the word of other workers until you check things out yourself. The buissness your husband is in usually don't have a lot of problems because there are so many rules set up by the government.

 
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Wow! No wonder I was so alone. I didn't know about any computer problem, but I'm sure glad it's fixed. I was really getting lonely. I even wondered if I had bored everyone else into leaving!

Janice, great comments by Jerry. I would add: Be yourself. Sit down with your husband and determine what each of your respective roles will be. Try to never second guess one another until after dinner. If you both have defined roles in making the business work, then you probably won't get in each others hair. I would often go all day without even talking to my wife. She was doing busy her thing and I was busy doing mine. If you treat each other with professional respect, it will rub off on others. Don't let an employee play one of you off the other (if you raised kids you will know how this works). And finally, always remember that your marriage is more important than your business.
Praise the Lord! You're all really back.

 
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Thank you both, Jerry and Grant, for the good advice. It helps me to see how things have worked out for couples who have worked together successfully.

I am very thankful to God that we are all able to comment again. I felt the glitch would get worked out in time so each day I tried to leave a comment until finally it worked again! God bless you all.

 
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I know it's not necessary but I did forget to thank Mary, Andy and Jim for their communication with me through this little hurdle we all had to jump. It was indeed Satan, I knew that but he isnt about to get the best of any of us. No, it was not childish, right on target. How I have missed Janice, Jerry and Jim...Grant, I could always see your post but no one elses.Anyway, we're all back and that is what matters. Well, there are a few but they will appear as soon as they know

 
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Janice there was one time that my wife did speak her mind and it has caused me to laugh to this day. She came up on the job and one of my men was sitting in the shade while myself and the other men were working. She asked him if he was alright and he said yes then she asked him shouldn't he be working and he asked her who did she think she was that was when her famous remarked came forth. She said she is the one who signed his check, after that day he may have not did alot for anyone else but when she came on a job he saw to her every need. ha ha, that was over 20 years ago and it is still funny to me. I love her.

 
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That is a good ha!ha!, Jerry.

 

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